"CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER" from Disney/Marvel in 2D, 3D and IMAX opens Fri., April 4, 2014.
STARS: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell and Samuel L. Jackson.
DIRECTOR: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo ("Community", "Arrested Development")
SYNOPSIS: Two years after the events of "The Avengers", Steve Rogers lives in Washington, D.C., continues to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. and struggles to adapt to contemporary society. He is forced to contend with a new enemy, a mysterious assassin named The Winter Soldier.
This is a breath-taking thrill ride that depends more on real action as opposed to the slew of CGI top-heavy films of its kind. It also relies heavily on character development and a well-thought-out story to involve the audience in what is happening. Both of these elements come together to make one incredible film that will inspire repeat viewings. That's where the real financial success will be measured.
One need not have seen the first Captain America or "The Avengers" but it does help. The directors and writers have taken time to make the necessary tie-ins clear but both of those films are so good it's worth the time to see them.
A great addition to this cast is Robert Redford. His vast experience in film plus his personality and persona lend a dimension all its own to this type of film. He's such a talented actor that this genre seems like a natural step in his amazing career rather than just casting a legend to sell tickets. It's easy to embrace a veteran actor who's humble enough to admit he doesn't know everything and wants to absorb it for the sake of knowledge and understanding. Plus, he's really good at this type of role.